70% rise in evictions over the past 3 years.
An analysis of official statistics by a homeless charity has revealed that there has been a 70% rise in court orders to evict private tenants over the past three years.
The national charity for single homeless people Crisis analysed Ministry of Justice statistics from the past 3 years and found that in the last year 36,211 landlords have been granted a court order to evict their tenants, which is a 12% increase on the previous 12 months, and 70% higher than the 21,351 court orders granted 3 years ago.
Duncan Shrubsole, Director of Policy at Crisis, said: “Sadly it is no surprise that we are seeing tens of thousands of private tenants facing eviction. They face a dreadful combination of high unemployment and underemployment, draconian cuts to housing benefit and soaring rents. Our concern is that many of these people will have nowhere to turn, and end up falling victim to homelessness. In fact government’s own statistics point to this already happening.”
Shrubsole added: “We are calling on the government to rethink cuts to housing benefit that will inevitably leave increasing numbers of people unable to pay the rent. We are also in desperate need of more social and affordable housing in order to rein in the soaring rental market.”
Furthermore, Landlord Referencing’s unique Tenant Alert Running Total for 2012 reveals that from January 2012 to July 2012 our community of landlords and letting agents registered an accumulated total (via rent defaults and property damages) of £1,043,582.61, right across the UK.
Coupled with recent findings from the National Landlords Association (NLA) that reveal 49% of UK landlords have experienced rental arrears over the last year, and the latest statutory homelessness statistics showing that between 2009 and 2011 the number of tenants approaching their council as homeless due to the end of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy or rent arrears went up by 42% – to almost 10,000 households; Landlord Referencing Services looks forward to the Government’s unveiling of their new stimulus package next month, that will aim to encourage more house building in the UK.
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